To help kickoff learning about Europe, Mr. Dexter in the Learning Commons setup a European Art Tour. The purpose of this activity is to help the students make the connections between art and the 8 Traits of Culture. The 8 traits are: language, religion, social groups, history, government, economy, daily life, the arts. Using print and digital resources, students search for European art and explain how each piece of art connects with culture. Once the piece of art has been identified, students use Notability on their iPads to present the images alongside the cultural traits they represent.
By the end of the activity, students gain an understanding of different European countries through their art and they discuss the connections they discover. Students gain an appreciation for the impact art has on a society and how it can be used as a tool to express opinions and emotions about a culture. Look at a few student examples below: